Louise Wainwright has recently retired having set up, owned run a biological control company in Kenya for the last 17 years (www.realipm.com).
Real IPM mass produced beneficial insects and microbes to help farmers control pests and diseases with less chemical pesticides. She and her husband have supported UK farmers trying to get these products also Registered in the EU (www.realipm.co.uk). Whilst in Kenya she set up the websites for Real IPM and the NGO that she started, called Real Impact. The NGO developed and promoted kitchen gardening for smallholder farmers and city dwellers in East Africa. Louise graduated from Bath University with a degree in horticulture. She has always added writing, communications and training dimensions to all of her jobs throughout her career. Even at school in North Devon, where she was a boarder at Edgehill College, she was the Editor of the School Magazine. Louise also lived on Lundy Island for a few years and started the Lundy Chronicle with Wendy Puddy. Louise was born in Uganda and as a child, she travelled the world with her parents, living in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand - hence her six years at boarding school in North Devon. After graduating she went to work as an agronomist with a large soft fruit cooperative in the South East and later represented a commercial company that grew and sold beneficial insects to outdoor crop producers. This set her on a path that eventually led to her and her husband moving out to Kenya in 2000. Louise and her husband Henry sold their business at the end of last year. Henry is staying in Kenya for a short period to hand over to the new owners and they are both looking forward to living in South Hams and being a part of this wonderful place. Louise is very keen to work with a team of like-minded people who want to help communicate information as well as the character of the Bigbury Community.